My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

I would like to think that had some role in initiating these reforms…

After two years of reporting on waste at the US Census Bureau, I was very happy to receive the following public relations announcement from the Census Bureau today. However, I do hope that the federal government will find new employment for those people who lose their jobs as a result of this organizational shakeup:

As a valued stakeholder to the Census Bureau, we want to inform you about
some key changes we are making in order to be a prudent steward of the taxpayers’
money and fulfill our mission to provide the country important statistical information.
Today, we are announcing a realignment of our national field office structure and
management reforms designed to keep pace with modern survey collection methods
worldwide and reduce costs by an estimated $15 – $18 million annually beginning in

Over the next 18 months we will transition to a new supervisory structure to
manage some almost 7,000 professional interviewers. The changes will result in
permanently closing six of our 12 Regional Offices and a reduction of the national field
workforce of about 115-130 positions. Most of the reductions will happen through
attrition, early retirements, or transfers to vacant jobs at Census headquarters or

The six Regional Offices that will close are Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit,
Kansas City and Seattle. The six Regional Offices that will remain open are Atlanta,
Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia.

Advances in technology have allowed survey organizations to provide better
tools to their field interviewers and move to a leaner management structure. More
“virtualization” of supervision using more timely management information can yield both
cost and quality advantages. We want to keep pace with these innovations.

Our professional field interviewers are the front line of producing the nation’s vital
statistics about our economy, our communities, and our households. We owe it to the
nation to constantly improve our processes and become more efficient.

More than 20 percent of the interview workload involves conducting surveys for
other federal statistical agencies. Our customers are confronting tighter fiscal budgets
as well, and have challenged us to improve our systems. Indeed, the nation depends
upon us to slow the cost inflation in our survey work if we are to maintain the highest
quality statistics.

As we go through this transition over the next 18 months, our Regional Office
employees who are affected by this realignment are our first priority.

The closing of six Regional Offices was a difficult decision and one that will
produce disruption and pain in the lives of our colleagues in those offices. We are
committed to employ all methods legally possible to reduce the negative impact of this
change on our affected employees.


8 Responses to “I would like to think that had some role in initiating these reforms…”

  1. Tim Says:

    From a geography and population trend perspective, it is surprising that the Dallas office was selected for closure. It also seems that Washington (HQ), New York and Philadelphia are too close to be efficient.

  2. anon Says:

    don’t break your arm, kid.

  3. HermHollerith Says:


    I know you like to give Director Groves the benefit of doubt.
    The realignment of field offices is an opportunity for Census management to purge Field Division of employees they don’t like. Census Headquarters badly needs a “leaner management structure”.

  4. Lori Says:

    You are absolutely right SRM. The next purge should happen at Census HQ in Suitland at the management level. Especially in IT. It’s a joke when you have a branch chief with one employee.

  5. George Wilberg Says:

    Glad Charlotte closed as that administration for Census 2010 in my opinion did not care about a number of workers who were mistreated by blatant unqualified crew leaders and higher managers. The Employees handbook guidelines with regulations was ignored in many a case including my own. Currently have an EEO case ongoing which is taking forever to resolve. But glad to see that there is a “shake-up” going on! Well done in my opinion!

  6. George Wilberg Says:

    My update as of October 27th, 2011 is still no reply nor any evidence of anything going ahead for my EEO pending case which was accepted for review. Well time now for my Congressmen to get involved. Charlotte regional office in NC for the most part in my studied opinion simply was “asleep” at the switch. Great news that the overdue “house cleaning” finally was approved. High Fives to those decision makers…..

  7. JoshF Says:

    Don’t flatter yourself, Stephen. Your “reporting” had nothing to do with the Census field reorg. I enjoy your narcissism, though.

  8. George Wilberg Says:

    Contrary to what JoshF says Stephen from “quite” a few people that I have talked or corresponded with including those involved in the Census 2010 operation your reporting had a lot of “tongues” wagging in Washington, DC at Department of Commerce as well as the Census Department. For my EEO complaint which is still dragging along as part of the “package” mailed in “copies” of many allegations plus many stories from mytwocensus “online.” Due to those contributing factors as well as others my particular case was one of many “accepted” for further processing. The actual reality is far different in my opinion than your short shrift given to Stephen Robert Morse who has a lot on the ball! One of my principal complaints was about the Charlotte, NC regional office “backed” up by online comments by others in NC published on mytwocensus internet site. Many letters along with my case included Congressmen who I wrote to plus other “overwatch” agencies. Your argument JoshF in my opinion “holds no substance but merely to me is SMOKING GUNS & MIRRORS!